September 26, 2012 by Heather
Lately I’ve been really annoyed by the internet and everything attached to it. I know, I know, it is a wonderful thing that is incredibly useful and fun. Sometimes though, it just gets on my nerves.
SO I am sort of taking a bit of a break from it. I deleted the Facebook app from my phone so I don’t just have to check it while I’m peeing, nursing, before bed, etc. I’m taking a break from most the blogs I read regularly. A bit of an internet cleanse, if you will. I finally made it to the library a couple of days ago and got some new books, so I’m going to be curled up with those in my spare time instead of my iPhone. Getting back to the basics.
Here is the book I am currently reading:
I’ve always been drawn to anything French (fries, toast, bread, kissing, vanilla), so I grabbed this at the library. It is actually the very first parenting book I have read. I guess it’s not really about parenting, but more of a compare/contrast look at the parenting styles of Americans vs. the French. It is an interesting read so far. And no, I’ll not be putting a beret on Parker when I finish it. But I might put red lipstick on myself and randomly insert out-of-context French words.
Yesterday, in an effort to encourage my mammary glands to keep on keepin’ on, I did a tiny bit of research about what foods help boost/maintain milk production. I’ll save you some grief – don’t google it. Basically everyone has their own ideas about what a nursing mother should and should not consume. Again, the internet is getting on my nerves.
I stumbled upon a few recipes and combined parts of them with a recipe I already had and came up with what we will call Breastfeeding Bread. I was going for more of a brownie/snack bar consistency, but it didn’t quite turn out that way.
It is a good, healthy snack – so even if you aren’t breastfeeding you should give it a try. It has lots of fiber, protein, and omega-3s. Oats and flax seed are said to boost milk production. That said, I’m sure Andrew won’t try it for no other reason than he doesn’t want his pecs to fill up with milk. I’ll offer him Midol for a headache and he will refuse it saying, “I don’t want to have a period.” Strange one, that fellow. What he doesn’t know is that I offered him a prenatal vitamin this morning as a “multivitamin.” UH OH, you know what that means.
-makes one loaf, or some muffins-
3 Tbsp softened butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 mashed banana
1 heaping Tbsp cocoa
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3 Tbsp milled flax seed
1 cup whole oats (not quick-cooking)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugars together until combined. Add egg, vanilla, peanut butter, and banana and beat some more. Then add cocoa and beat on low speed.
In a separate bowl, mix together all the other dry ingredients. Combine with the wet stuff, and stir to mix. You can also add nuts or chocolate chips if you have them.
Like I said, I kind of thought I was making brownies, so I baked it in a 8×8 pan for 20 minutes. You can do that, or you can bake it in a greased 9×5 loaf pan for probably 45-60 minutes. The recipe would make really good muffins too. Lots of options. It tastes good, and it’s good for ya. Go for it.